Looking Back At Console Launches

With the launch of the XBox 360 getting ever so close, 1UP.com has decided to do a quick rundown of every major game console launch since the NES.

They include a list of major launch titles, the strengths and weakness of the launch, and 1-5 star rating.

Sega represented each end of the spectrum: the Dreamcast’s killer launch lineup (including Sonic Adventure and Soul Calibur), breathtaking (at the time) graphics, and cool launch date (9-9-99 in the US) combined for a launch that still is the one to beat.

The Saturn, on the other hand, had a high price point, lackluster launch titles, and troubles with retailers. Needless to say, it had a hard time making up for it’s problems in the minds of mainstream gamers.

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